Before I leave on a long trip, I usually take some longing last looks at my home, yard, and neighborhood, and this time it is no different. Who knows if the fireflies that are so abundant right now will be here when I return? Or if the house wren eggs in our hanging fern will be there or will have hatched? It’s not that things here are so much different in two weeks, it’s that when you go to a place like Uganda and then return, you are just a little bit different, and so things at least seem different.
I have the usual mixture of feelings on leaving --- excitement, some uncertainty, and some sadness. I’m already longing for home and I haven’t even left. But one thing I know will be true: we will be welcomed enthusiastically by friends, some we know and some we don’t yet know, people who really do seem to have one face, one character, people just living who they are everyday. To some, I’ll just be “Papa Steve” or “Uncle Steve,” making me feel like some distant relative coming back for a visit. It’s a good feeling.
I won’t be blogging here for the next 15 days. Nevertheless, you can come along with us by reading our team blog here. You might just see an entry from me. Pray for us.